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World's AMAZING monorail systems

Last updated on: October 19, 2011 14:29 IST

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Monorail is an advanced transportation system based on a single rail, which acts as its support and guide way.

Monorail systems have been built in many countries around the world, many of them on elevated tracks through crowded areas, easing traffic woes.

Here's a list of some of the impressive monorail systems across the globe....

Chongqing Monorail

Chongqing has the longest monorail track in the world. It is the first monorail system in the world with two lines crossing each other as well.

The Chongqing Monorail can accommodate 30,000 passengers per hour at peak hours.

In September 2011, over 17 kilometres of tracks were added, making it the longest monorail system in the world stretching across a distance of 35.55 kilometres. 

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Image: Chongqing Monorail.

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Osaka Monorail (Japan)

The Osaka Monorail in northern Osaka Prefecture, Japan, operated by Osaka Monorail Co had a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as longest monorail (28 km) in the world.

In September this year, it was surpassed by Chongqing Monorail.

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Image: Osaka Monorail.

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KL Monorail

The KL Monorail is an urban monorail system in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Monorails have become a popular choice of transit system.

It opened on 31 August 2003, and serves 11 stations running 8.6 km (5 mi) with two parallel elevated tracks.


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Image: The Monorail Malaysia train passes the Petronas Twin Towers.
Photographs: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters.
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AirTrain Newark

AirTrain Newark is a 4.8 km monorail system connecting Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to the Newark Liberty International Airport train station on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail line of New Jersey Transit and Amtrak.

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Image: A monorail train runs past Continential Airlines jets at the Continental Airlines terminal at Newark International Airport in Newark.
Photographs: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters.
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Las Vegas Monorail

Nextel Communications tied up with Las Vegas Monorail Company to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center Station into a themed station with the latest digital wireless communications solutions.

Nextel also decided to offer a brand-image for a four-car monorail train.

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Image: A Nextel Communications-themed train heads toward the Las Vegas Convention Center Station.
Photographs: Steve Marcus/Reuters.
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Sentosa Monorail

The Sentosa Monorail is main transport link in the island Sentosa in Singapore. Inaugurated in 1982, the Monorail uses 14 cars.

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Image: Monorail vehicles pass in front of the Merlion statue on Singapore's Sentosa Island.
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters.
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Monorail train, Germany

A monorail train moves through Germany's Bundesgartenschau (BUGA) garden fair in the eastern German town of Magdeburg.

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Image: Monorail train, Germany.
Photographs: Reuters.
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Tokyo Monorail

Tokyo Monorail connects Haneda Airport in Ota, Tokyo to Hamamatsucho Station in Minato, Tokyo.

The trains operate along an elevated line that follows the coast of Tokyo Bay.

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Image: Tokyo Monorail.

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Tama Toshi Monorail Line

Operated by Tokyo Tama Intercity Monorail Co, the double tracked, 16 km monorail line carries passengers between the suburban cities of Higashiyamato and Tama via Tachikawa, Hino, and Hachioji in 36 minutes.

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Chiba Urban Monorail

The Chiba Urban Monorail is a two-line suspended monorail system located in Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

It is owned and operated by Chiba Urban Monorail Co.

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Image: Chiba Urban Monorail.

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Jurong Bird Park Panorail

It is a monorail system within the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.

The monorail system uses four cars, with a driver in the front car, and seats in each car, with no standing capacity.

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Image: Jurong Bird Park Panorail.

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Okinawa Monorail

The Okinawa City Monorail Line in Japan is operated by Okinawa Urban Monorail Inc.

It opened on August 10, 2003, and is currently the only functioning public rail system in Okinawa Prefecture.

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Image: Okinawa Monorail.

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Moscow Monorail

The Moscow Monorail is a 4.7 kilometre long monorail system located in the North-Eastern Administrative region of Moscow.

It runs from the Timiryazevskaya metro station to Sergeya Eisensteina street and has 6 stations.

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Image: Moscow Monorail.

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Palm Jumeirah Monorail

The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a monorail line on the Palm Jumeirah island in Dubai.

The monorail connects the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, with a planned further extension to the Red Line of the Dubai Metro.

Opened on April 30, 2009, it is the first monorail in the Middle East region.

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Image: Palm Jumeirah Monorail.

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Plaza Imperial Monorail

The Plaza Imperial Monorail in Zaragoza, Spain is a short shuttle line that connects parking and shopping areas.

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The Disneyland Monorail System is a transportation system at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA.

It was the first daily operating monorail in the United States.

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Walt Disney World Monorail System

The Walt Disney World Monorail System is a public transit system in operation at the Walt Disney World Resort. It started operations on 1 October , 1971.

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